Bahraini opposition bloc in UK: statement on the ruling of the Military Court of Cassation

SHAFAQNA – We call on the British government as the most important supporter of the regime to exercise its moral and political role in serious expression of the danger of continuing political tyranny in Bahrain and to refuse the Bahraini monarch’s visit to Britain next month in order to protest the death sentences.’

– The Bahraini king is primarily responsible for the political executions.

– Immediate intervention is needed to stop the death sentences and the farce of politicised judiciary in Bahrain.

– Push for end to tyranny & dictatorship, and perform genuine process to achieve the real and comprehensive democratic transformation in Bahrain.

In a serious development, the Military Court of Cassation has confirmed the death sentences against four civilians. This ruling, the final step in the military court system, confirms the course of state militarization pursued by the ruler, Hamad Issa Al Khalifa and the head of the defense force, Marshal Khalifa Ahmed Al Khalifa. This judgment is also a clear expression of the absence to all the meanings of judiciary independence as the court relied on confessions extracted under torture and threats in a groundless case as well as the illegality of the court itself.

The Bahraini opposition bloc in Britain holds the ruler, Hamad Issa Al Khalifa and Khalifa Ahmad Al Khalifa responsible for issuing these unfair verdicts. We appeal international community and those concerned with the Bahrani issue to an immediate intervention to stop the farce of judiciary and its ruling in Bahrain.

The bloc believes that the path of state militarization adopted by the ruler of Bahrain and his confidence in regional and international support for his repressive policies may increase the instability of Bahrain and the cycle of violence caused by the policies of militarization pursued by the ruling regime. Therefore, we emphasize that this should be stopped, and urge all to make a serious move toward the achievement of real and comprehensive democratic transformation, which puts all powers in the hands of the people and puts an end to the rule of tyranny and dictatorship led by the ruler of Bahrain supported by the military.

We also call on the British government as the most important supporter of the regime to exercise its moral and political role in serious expression of the danger of continuing political tyranny in Bahrain and to refuse the Bahraini monarch’s visit to Britain next month in order to protest the death sentences.

Political Bureau of the
Bahrain Opposition Bloc in UK

25 April 2018

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